“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
In the oldest part of Madrid's historic center, La Latina's winding, narrow streets are filled with antique hunters on weekdays, and bargain seekers headed to nearby Rastro market on Sundays. At night, a swarm of people move from bar to bar sampling tapas (Spanish snacks) with friends, emerging from underground cellars with live flamenco shows for a breather on warm open-air terraces. For the best bars, check out Cava Baja. Attractive and historic churches are tucked round each corner in hidden plazas. During the day, an eclectic mix of tourists and district natives throng the streets.